The End of UC and CSU Application Brings Reflection

By Catherine De Leon, Courier Staff Writer

Class of 2017 pace to submit applications for the fall 2017 UC and CSU deadlines. From letters of recommendation to studying for SAT/ACT, Applying for college is different for everyone. Some experience it easy and for others, not so much.

For Senior, Drew Mangonon, the application process for the CSU system was easier than he thought. “What was difficult for me was not knowing all the information I needed to apply. Luckily, Counselors, College Visits, and Campus tours helped me a lot.” He said, “The vibe off the colleges I visited drawn me to applying to state colleges.” Aspiring Computer Engineer, Huy Do, applied to both UC and CSUs and experienced the process differently. “For me, It was stressful. From choosing what school to apply to, to Personal Insight Questions.” He described it as “time consuming.”

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Money Raised for a Recount in Wisconsin

By Elizabeth  Rodriguez, Courier Staff Writer

trump__clinton-1With all the protests, social media conflicts and controversy going on since president-elect, Donald Trump, a recount was demanded and is now in process.

The Wisconsin Election Commission announced this past Friday that they will conduct a Statewide recount of all votes for the presidential position. The recount results will be in as soon as possible but no one knows for sure how soon that will be, since a recount can take quite a while.

Jill Stein, president nominee of the Green Party in the election, along with Rocky De La Fuente, an American politician, raised the costly amount of money to make this happen. The cost depends on the amount of ballots that are to be recounted. There were are about 2.9 million votes cast in. It is estimated that the cost will come out to be between $1.4 million and $3.9 million. It is with great fortune that Jill Stein and Rocky De La Fuente are doing their part to see that Trump doesn’t get his hands on making any life-changing decisions.

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YG Drops “Red Friday”

By Nathalie Lum, Courier Sports Editor

Compton rapper, YG, just released a short mixtape by the name of “Red Friday” on November 25, 2016. The tape consists of eight tracks, with “I Be On” featuring rapper 21 Savage.

After the summer release of his acclaimed “Still Brazy” album, YG continues to produce hit songs with catchy beats and simple yet hard hitting verses. While “Red Friday” was set out to release on November 25, the mixtape was leaked on multiple music sites before the intended date. YG expressed his frustration with the leak on twitter saying, “F*** DEF JAM.” Def Jam Recordings is the label under which the tape was released but the way it was leaked is not known. However many people refused to listen to the leak and instead bought the official physical copies of YG’s tape for $100 each.

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“Rent” Performed at James Logan Performing Arts Center

By Elizabeth Rodriguez, Courier Staff Reporter

The musical production, ‘Rent’, was performed at our very own Performing Arts Center here at James Logan High School.

rent-musicalAll over the world, the musical “Rent”, an iconic rock musical based on Giacomo Puccini’s Opera La Bohème, has been performed by different high schools, colleges, universities and professional theaters.

Jonathan Larson composed the whole musical by himself, acting as the playwright, lyricist, composer, as well as book writer. Larson’s musical has won over eight awards including Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, etc.

Playing a role in this musical can be big shoes to fill for the actors. One is bound to be skeptical of how the production will play out, but Logan student actors did quite a splendid job filling in these shoes.

Each and every actor, no matter how long or short the role, had their moments. The role of Angel Schunard by Marques Magnaye was so alive and vivid! The performance in Act 1 of “Today For You” will forever be in the photographic memories of those lucky enough to have seen it.

James Logan high school senior, Elena Guimar, stated “I think the actors did an excellent job with their roles. They had lots of energy to present themselves with.” Logan student actors Jerrald James Sarmentino and Erik Dylan Matibag had exactly that: pure energy. They filled the lead rolls of Mark Cohen and Roger Davis with such energy and passion that was inevitable to ignore. Even with the long on-going singing throughout the musical, their light never blew out. (more…)

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Fidel Castro Passes Away at 90

By Tristian Villegas, courier staff writer

Over the Thanksgiving break on the 25th, Cuba’s Fidel Castro died at the age of 90.

Fidel was born on August 13, 1926, near Biran, in Cuba’s eastern Oriente Province. He’s been the prime minister for Cuba since 1959 and then became President in 1976.  He was the third of six children, including his two brothers, Raul and Roman, and three sisters, Angela, Emma and Agustina. His father, Angel, was a wealthy sugar plantation owner originally from Spain who did most of his business with the American-owned United Fruit Company, which dominated the agriculture in that region at the time. By the time Fidel was 15, his father dissolved his first marriage and wed Fidel’s mother. At the age of 17, Fidel was formally recognized by his father and his name was changed from Ruz to Castro. Fidel grew up in wealthy circumstances amid poverty of Cuba but was also imbued with a sense of Spanish pride from his teacher. Throughout his time of being president he’s been through a lot of assassination attempts. Many people have different perspectives about his time being a communist, but some say that he was like a father to them, while others say that he was like Satan, spreading hate throughout the world. He has shaped Cuba in good and bad ways, but most importantly, he helped lead Cuba’s Revolution and crushed opposition at home from the moment he took power in 1959. During his time as the president, Castro implemented communist domestic policies and initiated military and economic relations with the Soviet Union that led the strained relations with the United States, which culminated in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

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SF Giants Prepare For the Next Season

By Ethan Pileggi, Courier Staff Writer


Now that baseball has come to a close in 2016 it’s time for teams to stock up on players, whether that be signing contracts or trading for players.

The SF Giants 2016 season came up short when they fell to the Chicago Cubs in the division series. A blown save Sergio Romo and closer issues dawned on the Giants.  Now that the season is over, the Giants look forward to signing a closer for their bullpen. The option for closers is quite big this year with big names like Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman, and Greg Holland. All these closers would complete the bullpen for the Giants but they only get to pick one of the many great closers listed.

There are rumors that the Giants may be trading for fan favorite 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval. Now if this trade does happen many Giants fans would be happy that there is an all star 3rd baseman is returning to San Francisco. However, keep in mind that Pablo Sandoval is currently dealing with an injury right now and is therefore questionable to play next season.

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James Logan Hosts the Guy Emmanuel Tip-Off For the First Time

By Jordan Mcglory, Courier Staff Writer

basketballThe James Logan basketball program has recently hosted their first Guy Emmanuel tip-off. Many bay area teams participated in the tip off including San Leandro High, Freedom High, Deer Valley High, Pittsburg High, Mcclymonds High, Oakland Tech High School and the one and only James Logan High school. The tip off was a showcase, or in other words, exposure to play and show off your team as well as your individual game to college coaches. It was James Logan’s very first annual tip-off. The only other tip-off in the bay is the nor-cal tip-off at hosted by Newark Memorial High school. Both tip-offs had many spectators other than college coaches that attended, including parents, other high school athletes, and former basketball players, but it was a public event that anyone could attend.

James Logan basketball player, Jared Bailey, attended games before his own in the day and said,” The event went very well, the games were very competitive and intriguing. It was interesting seeing talent from other places and cities and not just teams in our league. The event was very organized and rarely a dull moment. The best part was competing in the finale of the tip-off against Oakland Tech and getting a big and hard fought win against a very talented team.”

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A Famous Vlogger Ends His Legacy

By John Kenneth Macantan, Courier Staff Reporter

On November 19th, a YouTuber with over 5.8 million subscriber dropped the mic and ended his legacy.casey_portrait_818-818x545

Casey Neistat is revered internet sensation dating all the way back to 2003, when he first released a video about standing up to Apple products and iPods for 18 months. In that video, Casey went around New York City, vandalizing Apple marketing posters and tagging them with the statement: “iPod’s unreplaceable battery only last 18 months.” Apple was a powerful company people would not have dared to go against, but only one man stood up against it: Casey Neistat.

Casey started his career as a film in HBO with his brother Van at a show called “The Neistat Brothers.” Soon after, he joined the YouTube community and continued to pursue his love for filmmaking through the its platform. Beginning with short movies, Casey gained a good number of viewers.

Casey then did multiple advertising videos with sportswear, movies, clothing, and most popularly, Nike. In his advertising campaign called “Make it Count”, Casey promoted a bracelet that would keep count of one’s daily exercises. To this day, it is one of his most viewed videos, with over 22 million views. (more…)

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Activision Remastered Call of Duty 4

By Horace Assar, Courier Staff Writer

Activision decides to make a remaster for the original Call of Duty Modern Warfare game, which is often praised to be the game that revolutionized the shooter genre.

The game, while maintaining its original art style and offering a nostalgic feeling for players, significantly improves its graphics.  For example, as the player first meets Captain Price, he/she will realize the improved and more detailed facial textures of him.

It feels like a completely new game and whoever has not played the original is in for a treat. The characters are lovable and the missions are extremely action packed, especially the mission “All Ghillied Up.”

My experience with the game is back in 2007 with the original and I never experienced a game so good in my life. The game felt unique and I put a lot of hours into it because I was trying to complete this on Veteran difficulty.

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Mass Effect Fans Rejoice for N7 Day

By Matthew Wong, Courier Staff Writern7day_vignette-p

On November 7, Bioware have released two trailers to explain more what to expect from Mass Effect Andromeda.

In the first trailer it talks about the Andromeda Initiative. The program was founded by Jira Carsen and that the trip to Andromeda galaxy will be a one way. She explains that humans will be on Hyperion and there will three more ships including the Nexus. This could mean that the three council races will go to the Andromeda as well. These ships will be led by pathfinders and Carsen will be in charge of the Nexus where the majority of the population will remain. Also we will see vehicles like the mako except it is now call Nomad which will not have any weapon. Scanning will return, but it will be a portable device. The new feature of the game is setting up outposts on planets that the player discovered. (more…)

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